If you thought that the Harry Potter franchise was over, you better think again. IMAX and Warner Brothers are working together to bring you all eight films in the theaters so you’ll have the chance to see them again.
The new Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is coming out on November 18, and in anticipation for the big return of wizards, theaters across both the United States and Canada are going to be showing all eight of the Harry Potter movies in a row. The release of the original movies is set to try to make old Potter fans more excited for the spinoff series, which will feature wizards, but won’t feature their beloved characters.
Tickets for the films will go on sale on October 7, and the movies will run from October 13 to October 20. The films won’t just be the movies that you remember either. The marathon of films will feature never before seen footage, deleted scenes, and also alternative endings. This is one version of the films which you definitely do not want to miss!
IMAX is also going to enhance the first two movies, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. These movies are not filmed for IMAX and their visuals are going to be all that more stunning.
So, why are they returning these movies to the big screen?
The Harry Potter franchise and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter don’t want to lose anymore fans. The fandom of Harry Potter is changing, due to the end of the books, and is evolving to include other stories.
One of these new stories is Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, which is a new London play written by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. The play receives mixed reviews from fans, who say it is too far away from Rowling’s original writing. The play also focuses heavily on time travel, which is more science fiction, than the fantasy which the Harry Potter books were based off of.
The early reviews of the new film Fantastic Beasts also state the film is overly political and that it doesn’t due the franchise justice. A Comic Con trailer reveals that much of the plot focuses on how Muggles, or humans without Wizarding powers attack when they don’t understand something. The trailer also reveals the line, ” They’re currently in alien terrain, surrounded by the most vicious creatures on the planet: humans.” This shift in tone is incredibly dark, which isn’t like the early Harry Potter movies which focus on friendship and good versus evil.
The re-release of the eight Harry Potter movies is both a business move and a walk down memory lane. The release of these movies is to hype people up for Fantastic Beasts, but also to remind people of the characters which they love so very much. Tickets are set to sell out within the opening hour, so be sure to buy them quickly!